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Satyam Shivam Sundaram: Love Sublime (1978)

Rupa (Zeenat Aman) grew up being cursed as "unlucky" in the village she was born in. Her mother died during childbirth. Then a kitchen accident leaves half her face disfigured. This is an ... See full summary »

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Raj Kapoor

Writer:

Jainendra Jain
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shashi Kapoor ... Ranjeev
Zeenat Aman ... Rupa
Kanhaiyalal Chaturvedi ... Pandit Shyam Sunder (as Kanhaiyalal)
A.K. Hangal ... Bansi (Rupa's uncle)
David Abraham ... Bade Babu (as David)
Hari Shivdasani Hari Shivdasani ... Chief Engineer
Leela Chitnis ... Bade Babu's Wife
Sheetal Sheetal ... Champa
Padmini Kolhapure ... Young Rupa (as Baby Padmini)
Baby Komal Baby Komal
Tun Tun ... Fat Lady
Vishwa Mehra Vishwa Mehra ... Jai Singh
Mansaram Mansaram
H.L. Pardesi H.L. Pardesi ... (as Pardesi)
Ram Shastri Ram Shastri ... (as Shriram Shastry)
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Storyline

Rupa (Zeenat Aman) grew up being cursed as "unlucky" in the village she was born in. Her mother died during childbirth. Then a kitchen accident leaves half her face disfigured. This is an artistic exploration of beauty and disfigurement, society's values and more importantly how a girl, teenager and a bride was treated during the times. Rajeev (Shashi Kapoor) the stereotype male engineer falls in love with the Rupa who has a divine singing voice, and the unscarred left cheek. When he sees the scarred cheek, after marriage, he heads off into a tizzy and continues nightly dalliance with his mistress - the beautiful cheek. Little does he realize that his wife and mistress are two faces of the same person. Written by MG Gopalan

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

22 March 1978 (India) See more »

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R.K. Films Ltd. See more »
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Mono

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Color
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Actresses like Vidya Sinha, Hema Malini and Dimple Kapadia declined the leading role as there was lot of skin show. See more »

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Suni Jo Unke Aane Ki Aahat
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Eyes Wide Shut:: A Masterpiece
23 April 2010 | by AvinashPatalaySee all my reviews

Eyes, as humans are we really gifted to be bestowed with them? Or do they blind us and stop us from listening to our heart? Are they a boon or bane? Raj Kapoor takes these questions and weaves a love story to illustrate the point.

The human mind cannot bear too much of truth and precisely on this premise Shashi Kapoor's character Rajiv is based upon. He is unable to see the beauty beyond the skin and fails to see the truth. Raj Kapoor juxtaposes the same logic and toys with the audience. Ample innocent skin show is thrown in for the eyes to feast upon. However does the audience look beyond and see the underlying sublime message? Or suffer from the same predicament as Rajiv. The message has been told since time immemorial. With "Satyam Shivam Sundaram" Raj Kapoor makes his sincere attempt.

Zeenat Aman:: As always with Raj Kapoor's films, the female characters get fleshed out in greater prominence and hence tend to steal the thunder against the male counter-part. Zeenat Aman gets a role of her lifetime and perhaps might now be thanking her stars for having got an golden opportunity to work with Raj Kapoor. Her character is called "Rupa" which is aptly chosen.

The rest of the star cast lend adequate support.

The music and lyrics have always been forte of RK Films and "Satyam Shivam Sundaram" is no exception. Raj Kapoor manages to extract the best out of Laxmikant-Pyarelal to delivery a rich, soulful and haunting melodies. The lyrics by Pandit Narendra Sharma carry a deep meaning. Lata Mangeshkar renders the songs in top form, as always for Raj Kapoor.

The movie was a commercial failure when it was released. It was the time action films ruled the roost. The film was certainly well ahead of its times. The audience lacked the maturity and sensibility to grasp the underlying message. Nonetheless, "Satyam Shivam Sundaram" is a best masterpiece created by the greatest showman of Indian Cinema.


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